Estonian oil shale consumer dispute lost by Viru Keemia Grupp
Viru Keemia Grupp, oil shale producer working in Estonia’s north-east, has lost in the administrative trial over oil shale prices against national energy giant Eesti Energia and the Estonian Competition Authority.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that the Tallinn Administrative Court this week decided not to satisfy a claim filed by VKG AS and VKG Oil AS concerning the ending of a supervision proceeding.
The court established that the Estonian Competition Authority had acted lawfully when it found in its final conclusions regarding terminating the proceeding that the price charged by Eesti Energia to VKG for oil shale in 2013-2015 was in accordance with the Competition Act.
VKG agrued that the price of the oil shale discriminated against the company, whereas the Estonian Competition Authority explained the prices were reasonably connected to the high electricity prices on international markets in the respective period and the actions of the larger extracting company Eesti Energia had not hindered the competition.